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Question DetailsAsked on 1/12/2014

Can I put glue up ceiling tiles over old glue up ceiling tiles?

I am fixing up an old building for my retail business. It has old glue up ceiling tiles. Can I glue new tiles over the old ones?

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I would not do it and live with myself but if the ceiling is not loose anywhere you might find someone to do it.

It would be way smarter to pull it down and start fresh, I would be worried about the finished face peeling off and havingtiles hitting customers. You might be better dropping the ceiling a few inches and installing a dropped ceiling with the grid system, plus if you drop it enough you can install lights or run wire for telephones or computers.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


I agree with Don - old tiles are not a good surface to adhere to - generally surface peels off too easy. Plus, unless the existing surface is perfectly flat, will not look flat and level when you are done.

Standard practice, if you cannot remove the old ones easily, is a suspended grid ceiling as suggested in first comment - which also allows you space (assuming you have ceiling height available for appearance and code) for plenum-rated cabling, and to put in trougher flourescent light fixtures for better lighting. Check building codes for regs on this in your area,, allowed in most but sometimes not if overlying surface is wood.

Also - old glue-up tiles may be asbestos, which could cost a bunch to take down, but in most jurisdictions can be left in place over a suspended ceiling.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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